The first article (Protecting Teens from Car Accidents - Part 1) discussed some ways on how you can protect your son from car accidents. As a parent, it is your job to make sure that he is well aware of the dangers he can encounter and accidents he may be involved in while traveling.
You do not have to control your son's every move in order to ensure his safety. He may be safe from accidents just by being aware of their causes and knowing how he can protect himself from them.
Aside from number of passengers, distractions, and seatbelt use, here are other issues that you need to discuss with your son before giving him the permission to drive a car:
- Nighttime traveling- You can require your son to go home before dark due to poor visibility during the night. This curfew may be extended once he is able to gain more driving experience.
- Drunk driving- Driving while under the influence or alcohol or riding in a vehicle driven by a drunken driver can put your life in extreme danger. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, around 16, 654 people died in alcohol-related accidents in 2004. Records also show that in 2003, drunken drivers caused around 30 percent of all deadly accidents during the weekdays.
Your son should know that drinking can impair his ability to drive, thus increasing the risks of an accident. In addition, aside from affecting his driving skills, alcohol can also damage his body or cause him to suffer from various diseases.
- Driver fatigue- Because your son may be engaged in different activities, there is a possibility that he is already tired once he sits behind the wheel. He should know that suffering from driver fatigue can trigger the occurrence of an accident because it can prevent him making rational decisions and prevent him from immediately seeing road hazards.
- Weather conditions- Your son should know that is dangerous to driver when it is snowing or raining. Tell him if a strong storm starts while he is out on the roads, it is advisable that he stop the car and wait until it stops.
- Car maintenance- Require your son to check his car before he travels. If he sees a worn out tire or a broken side mirror, he should replace it immediately.
Following these tips may not save your son from a car accident, especially if he encounters a driver who does not give importance to traffic rules. If he was injured due to the negligence of another driver, it is advisable that you file a case with the help of a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.